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A journey back in time and into the future
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A journey back in time and into the future

Sometimes I like to rent a car and drive wherever the road takes me. I did this last weekend and found myself immersed in a world of strange and fantastic rock formations, resembling a lost city thousands of years old. I discovered Red Rock Canyon State Park. Located along Highway 14 in Kern County, about…

Wine, French Food and Rustic LA County
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Wine, French Food and Rustic LA County

Los Angeles never ceases to amaze me. Just when I thought I’ve covered all the cool spots around, I discover a place like Aqua Dulce and the Sierra Pelona Valley Viticultural Area. Located in the hills near Santa Clarita, the town is not only famous for rustic Hollywood movie shoots, but also boasts a burgeoning…

Secrets of longevity revealed by Elsa Sneider at age 99
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Secrets of longevity revealed by Elsa Sneider at age 99

We’re here in Minnesota to gather secrets of staying young from my mother Elsa Sneider, age 99. This woman has endured wars, escapes from the Russians, losing family and friends. She has trusted God to deliver her through many trials and tests in her 99 years. We came back to celebrate her 99th birthday in…

Andaz San Diego Hotel
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Andaz San Diego Hotel

I love being in the heart of the action. But I can also appreciate a casual evening with wine and wonderful views. I got both and much more, when I recently discovered Andaz San Diego, a fascinating boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. “The concept behind…

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Dorothy’s Place: What Can I Say?

Well, 2012 is rapidly coming to an end. Only 5 more days and it will be history. I’m not going to attempt to recap events. The media, whatever form we choose to use, will do plenty of that and probably more accurately than I would. So, I’m looking to the future. The other day I…

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Walking Along the Fiscal Cliff

Let me begin by giving thanks to Ben Bernanke for coming up with this highly charged phrase: The Fiscal Cliff. The folks on the television have certainly run with it. I do believe that there’s an urgency to sort out our nation’s financial responsibilities. Regrettably, so much that’s being said is at best infotainment and…

Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village
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Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village

From pristine beaches lined with volcanic rock and green sand, to lush tropical rainforests teeming with waterfalls and streams, the natural beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island is unsurpassed. But as I found out on my recent trip there, the island also has man-made wonders, such as the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, where a friend and…

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Remembering What’s Important

The madness continued in America last week as we, as a nation, shook our heads and shed a collective tear for the victims in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite what the talking heads on the news want to assume, nobody knows what was going through the killer’s head prior to the bullet that ended his life, and…

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